Pacha Design, based on the coast north of Devon and Cornwall, are part of a growing group of design outfits using locally sourced, reclaimed material. Reading through their site, and looking at their pieces, their passion for eco-friendly materials and simple, elegant design is evident. The word ‘pacha’, it turns out, means ‘green/pure’, setting the tone for their entire ethos.
Inspired by ‘ natural state of decay & rawness of oak, slate & metal’, or what the Japanese call ‘wabi sabi’ (beauty in inperfection), and with an eye to turn these raw materials into clean, modern furniture with an unfussy aesthetic, their pieces are really special.
The use of discarded and reclaimed materials not only has a rustic appeal, but is intrinstic to their belief in being as environmentally friendly as possible. Much of the materials used are sourced from shipyards, farms, building sites, tips, and the new material comes from sustainable local woodland.
What makes these pieces special is not only the evident care and attention, but the uniqueness of each: the knots and cracks in them cannot be crudely replicated. This weathered look is hugely popular now – another reaction against years of clinical perfection – and fits perfectly with the Industrialism aesthetic Kronospan have identified.